Behind the scenes shot of Empire Strikes Back opening crawl

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Behind the scenes shot of the "opening crawl" filming from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. The Star Wars opening crawls were inspired by those used in the Flash Gordon (at right) and Buck Rogers film serials of the 1940s.

"The crawl is such a hard thing because you have to be careful that you're not using too many words that people don't understand," Lucas has said. "It's like a poem."

More on the Star Wars Opening Crawls at Wikipedia.

(Photo via @TheWookieRoars)

"On-set Star Wars photos from Peter "Chewbacca" Mayhew"

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  1. Describing something succinctly is "like a poem?" Apparently Twitter is the most poetic place on earth.

    George is awfully proud of that exposition dump. In most movies it would be considered a sin, but because Star Wars did it in an iconic way we're going to forgive it I guess.

  2. maxp says:

    What always stabs me in the eye is the terrible spacing of the first line of the Empire crawl. I wouldn't want to hyphenate "Rebellion," but that degree of inter-word justification is jarringly awful and also messes with the perspective effect as it recedes. Surely George could have done a minor rewrite to avoid this crime against typography.

  3. I saw something where he was comparing what happened in the trilogy with something in Episode 1 and how they related to one another - "So they sort of rhyme, like poetry."

    I don't think he knows what poetry is.

  4. "you have to be careful that you're not using too many words that people don't understand" .
    And thus was born Up-Goer 5.

  5. No words. No words to describe it. They should've sent a poet. No, really. Instead of Lucas, they should have sent a poet.

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